Community Protests Autistic Teen’s Death

Stephon Watts was shot twice by officers in his Calumet City home on Wednesday

An outraged community gathered Thursday evening to protest the death of 15-year-old Stephon Watts, shot dead in his own home by Calumet City police officers a day earlier.

About 75 to 100 people, family members and civic and religious leaders, gathered outside the Calumet City Police Department headquarters, at 1200 Pulaski Road in the far south suburb, to protest officers’ actions.

“The one thing that we look for our police to do is serve and protect,” said Alicia Murchison, one of the protesters who said she is also the mother of an autistic child. “To think of this is just unjustifiable.”


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